Climate change is not a threat to our national borders : A study on policy experts’ perception on climate change – human migration nexus

Honarmand Ebrahimi, S. (2017) Climate change is not a threat to our national borders : A study on policy experts’ perception on climate change – human migration nexus.

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Abstract:As a consequence of wide range estimation of people to be displaced by 2050 because of climate change, one of the policies options is international security. However, the policymakers are far from being completely understood the complex process of climate change and migration (Upadhyay et al., 2015: 411). The combination of intellectual engagement is needed to put the issue concerning expertise to interface between science and politics (Hukkinen, 2016). This thesis explored how policy experts envision the relationship between climate change and human migration. The policy experts were nominated by structured expert nominee process. They were from the research partners of the two Ministries within the area of climate change and human migration. Seven semi-structured interviews were conducted with the policy experts. Besides, fourteen documents were analyzed from national and European research institutes. A qualitative data analysis shows that the policy experts reach a consensus that defining climate refugee remains impossible. Indeed, it is complicated to identify environmental from other factors of migration. In other words, the policy experts criticize the large estimation of refugees. Thus, the policy experts conceive climate change to be not a threat to our national borders and question the international security.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72816
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